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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Light in the Mountains

At the head of a long winding driveway in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I stopped to take a look and find a unique composition.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in Landscape

 

Puffy Clouds

I wanted to change this image to B&W, mainly to better show the “puffy clouds” on a typical HOT thunderstorm sort of day this summer. And I do mean HOT!

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2011 in Landscape

 

Blue Ridge Dry Goods

I found this now closed store while driving along a side road in Floyd County, Virginia near the Blue Ridge Parkway. I stopped and noticed it was originally an old farm house that had been converted into a store, selling “dry goods”. Anyway, another sign of hard economic times in rural areas.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Architecture, Landscape

 

Blue Ridge Wildflowers Part 3

More nice wildflowers above 3000 feet elevation.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Flowers

 

Blue Ridge Wildflowers Part 2

More wild flowers along the Blue Ridge. Nice this year!

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Flowers

 

Blue Ridge Wild Flowers Part 1

What is this wild flower? I don’t know. It’s pretty anyway and when I stopped along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia to capture its beauty with my Nikon, I saw evidence that I was not the first who had done so…lots of mashed down weeds all around the flowers where people had stood.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Flowers

 

Leaves of Three

Remember the advice we learned as kids, “Leaves of three, let them be?” Poison Ivy! It’s all over the mountains of the Blue Ridge and I stay as far away as I can, letting my camera lens get up close instead of my body.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Close Up

 

Castle in France?

I have been reading books about the 100 Year War between England and France during the 15th Century, and when I looked back at a photo I took recently of the foundation of an old stone masonry cotton mill, it reminded me of medieval castles with narrow rectangular windows, through which French crossbowmen would shoot at the attacking English men-of-arms. Thanks to English archers with their longbows, the French hardly ever won these battles. Thus ends my history lesson for today.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Architecture

 

Where are the Beavers?

As I walked alongside this small stream in a meadow at 3000 feet elevation in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I was looking for the beaver dam that had the water backed up. Alas, I could not find it…too much poison ivy along the way.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2011 in Landscape

 

Puffy Clouds are Good

When I go on a photo road trip I hope for nice clouds, and when I get them I am very happy. Like here, at 3000 feet elevation along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. I love making photos like this one.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Landscape

 
 
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